Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 10

Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 10
Historical Memes (Here's one for Kristi) *Oliver Cromwell you dog:

The irony surrounding Charles I and Oliver Cromwell cracks me up.  It’s almost as funny to me as King Henry the 8th. I love that we have memes to express the humor of history (among many other subjects). 🙂

If you have some older tech-savvy students, maybe you could assign them a project of creating their own humorous history meme based on something they learned this week!


Get started on a new fun pack this week, featuring Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque.

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Fun Pack

Print the triangle banner for the 9th commandment this week and add it to your garland!

10 Commandments Garland 9th Commandment


  • Get out of your chair this week with some math exercises!  Use your body bending at the hips to form the three different types of angles.  Sit straight up with your back against the wall at a right angle, bend towards your feet to become acute, and lean back to be obtuse!
  • It may not be cold enough for you to have snow yet, but you can practice your angles with DeceptivelyEducational’s post about angles in snowflakes.  I think this looks pretty fun!

Language Arts

  • Here is a free preposition grammar worksheet to print!
  • Play Hide-and-go-seek this week and talk about all the prepositions!  Have your students write at least one sentence describing where they hid and underline the preposition: Emma hid under the table.  John hid behind the curtain. Brian hid inside the toy chest.
  • This week students learn about prepositions. Find an empty cardboard box.  Then grab a doll, stuffed animal, or action figure.  Practice your prepositions by moving your doll/animal/action figure around/in the box.  How many prepositions can you use?  Hints: He’s on the box. He’s in the box.  He’s on/off/outside/inside/over/under/next to/near/below/with/in front of/behind/ etc the box.
  • Did you know, as a rule of thumb you should never end a sentence with a preposition? That’s right, all prepositions need an object. Sometimes even professional writers make this mistake.  Have your older students search a newspaper or magazine for a sentence ending in a preposition.  Then, you can discuss how no one is perfect except Our Creator!  (This is a good way to ‘trick’ your students into reading more this week!)
  • You can always check out the ideas from T1W10 and T2W10 since Language Arts reviews the same 8 parts of speech every year!


  •  If you don’t have any of these Musician books by Opal Wheeler, you should consider adding them to your collection.  He has several that fit in with the various tours of Catholic Schoolhouse, including one on Mozart: Mozart, The Wonder Boy.


  • Learn about Rembrandt with this 4 minute video. It gives a brief bio and shows many of his famous art pieces.


  • Here are the flashcards for this week’s Classical Roots!

Latin Roots Week 10


  • I don’t know that Monty Python meant their music to be used for homeschooling, but their song about Oliver Cromwell is quite funny and informative. Watch it and decide if you think your students would appreciate it.
  • Here is a 2-minute biography about Oliver Cromwell.  It’s a lot of information, told really fast.
  • Do you have a St. Vincent de Paul Society at your local parish (or one nearby)?  Find out when they meet, and ask the person in charge if your students can talk/meet with them.  Have your students learn what your local society has done in the past and has planned for the future.  If your students are old enough, encourage them to get involved and help!
  • St. Vincent de Paul was known for reaching out to the poor.  If you have wanted to see if your students would be helpful in a soup kitchen or shelter- this would be a good week to try it out.  Find out where you can volunteer in your city to help those less fortunate.  Make sure you document the activity- you can pull the pictures out later this year when you talk about Works of Mercy!
  • If your students are too young for soup kitchens and shelters, consider assembling some blessing bags to hand out when you drive by or pass someone who may be in need.  I like the idea of doing this as a gift to Jesus at Christmas, but you can make these anytime of the year.
  • As you teach about the Taj Mahal this week, use the coloring pages at Activity Village! They have an easy activity for younger kids and a more detailed one for older kids.
  • Or if you’re more ambitious make a paper model of the Taj Mahal with this printable. (I’d recommend using cardstock.)
  • This short video shows several pictures of the North American Martyrs and is only 2 minutes long.   You can also listen to this 1.5 min audio sound clip which is a pretty good and concise description of the North American Martyrs.
  • An excellent book for learning more about Saint Isaac Joques aimed at the grammar-aged student is Saint Isaac and the Indians by Milton Lomask.  These martyrs experienced some really terrible torture, which is not described in detail since this book is aimed at younger students. It does describe some of what they went through, but be aware that the real deaths of these martyrs were far more gruesome than this book relays (which I think is fine for a book aimed at children).
  • Capetown was settled by the Dutch as a good in-between for ships to restock and rest en route to India for trading.  Discuss this week what settling this area might have been like. What would your students do first if they had to settle in a new land? Build shelter, grow food, and meet the indigenous people?



  • Here’s a great youtube video about the types of mountains with animations on how they were formed and examples of each type. It fits perfectly with this week’s science!
  • Here is a link to a cute ‘experiment’ you can try where you make mountains out of graham crackers and whipped cream.
  • If you don’t want to do the above experiment, just have fun making mountain-themed food this week.  You could make some sugar cookies that look like mountains (just use a triangle cookie cutter), or make a mountain range from strawberries, make Shepherd’s pie with a mountain of mashed potatoes on top… really you can make any food mountain-themed. To go above and beyond, make these amazing cookies!
  • If you live near mountains, take a field trip!  Go for a hike and learn about the mountains closest to you.  Do some research and learn how your mountains were made, how old they are, where they are, etc.  Write a report, take some pictures, or draw some illustrations of your mountains.
  • Find some famous mountains on your world map this week. Label them and add their height. What is the tallest mountain in the world? Which is the tallest volcanic mountain?


Did you miss Tour 3 Week 9? Check it out.






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